Category Archives: Current Issues in the Church

Category: Current Issues in the Church

New Book on Communist Persecution of the Church in Eastern Europe

Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald: Last week I wrote about volume I of The God of the Gulag, Jonathan Luxmoore’s study of the 70-year Communist persecution of Christians in Russia and Eastern Europe. Having now read volume II, “Martyrs in an Age of Secularism”, which roughly covers the period after the death of Stalin in 1953 until the collapse of Communism in 1989-1990, I asked Luxmoore: what had inspired … More →

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ISIS Murderers Kill Priest Offering Mass in France

Get Religion, Terry Mattingly: So an elderly Catholic priest was killed by terrorists in France. These basic facts are at the heart of the latest horror story from the very tense continent of Europe. As you would imagine, a story of this kind will almost certainly include a number of poignant details that, for those with the eyes to see, are loaded with symbolism. How many … More →

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Four-Part Radio Series: The Warnings of Fatima Are Here

Cross posting from Veritas Radio Network site… Mandeville, LA – Mike Church begins a 4 part series looking into the Miracle of The Sun and the events that preceded them in Fatima Portugal. Mike will be joined by Christopher Ferrara. In testimony to EU in 2012 Chris Ferrara stated the following: “And we are here today to ask that this body consider endorsing the motion to … More →

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China: Museum to Open Celebrating Execution of Catholic Saint

AsiaNews: Village authorities in Dingan, Guangxi, plan to celebrate the expulsion of Catholic foreigners from their area by opening a museum to celebrate Zhang Mingfeng, a magistrate from the Qing era who sentenced a missionary saint to death. The celebration includes a poetry contest. The new facility includes a six metre bronze mural showing the missionary confined in a cage. More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, … More →

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Cardinal Schönborn Says Amoris Laetitia is Binding Doctrine

Maike Hickson, writing for Austrian Catholic website reports that on 7 July, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn published an interview in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, in which he said that Amoris Laetitia is a binding doctrinal document. From now on, says Schönborn, all the previous magisterial texts concerning marriage and the family “have to be read in the light of Amoris Laetitia.” Schönborn also said … More →

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Interview With Iraqi Priest Tortured by ISIS

First Things: Fr. Douglas Bazi is a Chaldean Catholic priest in his native Iraq, where he served as pastor of a parish in Baghdad during the American-led invasion. He suffered several acts of violence during the unrest that followed, including a kidnapping by Shiite militiamen who held and tortured him for nine days. Currently, he ministers to Iraqi Christians who have fled regions controlled by … More →

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I Saw Bishop Athanasius Schneider Last Night, and I’m Glad I Did

Last night, at Holy Ghost parish in Tiverton, Rhode Island, Brothers and Sisters from Saint Benedict Center were among the hundreds present for Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s much-anticipated presentation on the crisis in the Church. What was especially rewarding for me in hearing His Excellency speak were not so much his own words, but the “prophetical” writings of a succession of recent popes that he quoted at length. Citing Blessed Pius … More →

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Questions Surround ‘Confession’ of Shanghai Bishop Ma

AsiaNews: Vatican officials advise “not to make too much of what is written” in a blog posted on June 12, where Msgr. Thaddeus Ma Daqin proclaims his support for the Patriotic Association (PA) and asks forgiveness for the mistakes he made in the recent past. Full report is here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Interview With Catholic President of Iraqi Christian Relief Council

National Catholic Register: In this interview with the Register, Juliana Taimoorazy, founder and president of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council and a fellow at the Philos Project, speaks about her work as a Catholic and Assyrian descendent of genocide survivors in trying to save her Assyrian people from extermination by ISIS and create secure homeland on the ancestral Nineveh Plain. For both the Church and … More →

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Reconquest Episode 27. Contracepting Heaven and Earth. Guest: C.J. Doyle

My good friend C.J. Doyle joins me for the next Reconquest. C.J. is the Executive Director of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, a frequent speaker at Saint Benedict Center Conferences, and an informed and erudite Catholic culture warrior, who has done a great deal for many years to defend faith and family in the Bay State. Our subject is “Contracepting Heaven and Earth,” which … More →

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Father Malachi Martin and Our Lady of Fatima

While attempting with integrity to preserve a memoria fidelis (“a memory faithful to the truth of the past”), the following tale proposes to help us guard against self-deception and presumption. The latter, we should fittingly recall, is both a form of pride, but also one of the two forms of hopelessness (along with despair) so prevalent and so subtly dangerous today, especially in the sentimental … More →

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The Wilton Diptych. Edmund is shown with Edward the Confessor, John the Baptist and Richard II.

And Now for Something Completely Different: the Islamification of the U.K.

Due to some mystery lurking deep within the algorithms of YouTube, I was recently presented with a recommendation to watch this video, dating from 1984, of Graham Chapman appearing on a British television program called “Opinions.” I was intrigued because of something I saw in the text summarizing the video. Not yet five minutes in, I stopped it in disgust. If you recognized the first part of … More →

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True or False Pope, the Complete Interview on YouTube

YouTube videos of Parts I and II of my Reconquest interview with Mr. John Salza are embedded below. John Salza is an attorney and Catholic apologist, who co-authored, with Mr. Robert Siscoe, a new book on the subject under discussion, True or False Pope? In these interviews, we examine the subject of sedevacantism, the novel idea that the popes since Vatican II are not actually valid popes, … More →

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SSPX’s Bishop Fellay: Little By Little Rome Is Giving Us All We Need for Reconciliation

MENZINGEN, Switzerland (National Catholic Register) — Reconciliation between the Society of St. Pius X and Rome looks to be imminent, as a key obstacle — opposition to certain aspects of the Second Vatican Council — may no longer be a cause for continued separation from the Church. Bishop Bernard Fellay, the superior general of the SSPX, told the Register May 13 that he is “persuaded, … More →

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Cardinal Robert Sarah Warns against ‘Demonic Idolatry’ in US

(Thomas D. Williams/Breibart) In a Washington prayer breakfast Tuesday, a high-ranking Vatican cardinal denounced same-sex marriage, transgender bathroom laws, and attacks on the family as “demonic.” In his forceful address, Cardinal Robert Sarah (pictured), who runs the Vatican’s powerful liturgical department, said that these are “portentous times” for the Church and for the world, while slamming gender theory as “ideological colonization” and decrying the “insidious” … More →

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